Senator James “Ed” DeGrange, Sr. was a leader in Northern Anne Arundel County for over twenty years. He was elected to the Anne Arundel County Council in 1994 then subsequently to the Senate of Maryland in 1998. He represented the 32nd Legislative District of Anne Arundel County where he served as a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee (chairing its Capital Budget as well as its Public Safety, Transportation and Environment Subcommittees). Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and as a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Executive Nominations Committee.
Prior to his service in elected office, DeGrange was the successful small business owner of DeGrange Lumber and a long-time community volunteer for numerous community and religious organizations including Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Take Back Our Streets, Inc., and the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie.
DeGrange retired from the Maryland Senate in January 2019 and has since been honored with numerous recognitions both before and since. A Rotarian for over two decades, DeGrange is a Paul Harris Fellow and a recipient of the Significant Public Service Award from the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie. In 2011, DeGrange was selected as a member of the Glen Burnie High School Wall of Honor and in 2013 he was awarded the Maryland Council for American Private Education Champion of Education Award. In addition to receiving the Maryland First Citizen Award in 2019, he was also named an Honorary Maryland State Trooper by Colonel William Pallozzi, and honored with a portion of Route 2 in Glen Burnie dedicated in his honor.
Known for his principled nature and moderation, DeGrange is fondly remembered in the Maryland Senate and in Northern Anne Arundel County for his dedication to service.